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Plastics recycler fined for H&S breach that caused serious injuries

A plastics recycler has been prosecuted and fined for health and safety failures that could have killed a man who fell into a shredder. Ken Ransom, an employee of Associated Polymer Resources was lucky not to die but suffered horrific injuries, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigating inspector James Barrie told magistrates. "While shredding waste plastic for recycling Ransom fell into the shredding machine.He suffered the loss of his right arm and part of his right shoulder and loss of his left arm to the elbow, and damage to his scalp. Ronald Wilkinson, trading as Associated Polymer Resources, of Wren Farm, North Baddesley, Southampton was found guilty at New Forest Magistrates Court on November 14 2007 on two health and safety charges for failing to provide safe operating systems. He was fined £11,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,600. The second hand machine had recently been installed at Associated Polymer Resources but steps had not been taken to prevent operators falling into the chamber when loading it. HSE guidance for the Plastics Recycling Industry is available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ppis2.pdf)

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